Spring Break Reminder and Final Recital Dates

Just a reminder that Bard Prep classes and lessons will be off for Spring Break on Saturday March 28th, Tuesday March 31st, and Saturday April 4th.  We will see our Tuesday students on April 7th and Saturday students on April 11th.

The Blog will also be off next week so if you need any assistance or information, please email us at bardprep@bard.edu

Have a great Spring Break!

Final Recital Information:

FINAL RECITAL #1 May 2 at 3pm   BITO CPS
Performers will be students of:
 Alice – cello
 Brian – violin, violin ensemble
 Nicholas – clarinet/saxophone
 Susanne – piano
FINAL RECITAL #2  May 2 at 4pm  BITO CPS
Performers will be students of:
 Amy P – voice
 Lucy – voice
 Renana – piano
 Susanne – piano
FINAL RECITAL #3  May 9 at 3pm   OLIN HALL
Performers will be students of:
 Cynthia – piano
 Helena – violin
 Jaram – violin
 Ryan – bass, string ensemble
 Shar – Chinese language class
 Hindemith Horn Sonata (Ethan/Megan)
FINAL RECITAL #4  May 9 at 4pm   OLIN HALL
Performers will be students of:
 Amy Travis – voice & chorus
 Anna – piano
 David – guitar
 Hiroko – piano
 Luba – piano

Bard Music Camp Information

The Early Bird Discount has passed, but Bard Music Camp registration is still open and space is available but it is going fast.  The registration deadline is June 1st.  Information is below or email us at  bardprep@bard.edu if you have any questions.

Bard Music Camp Information:

The 5th Bard Music Camp will take place this summer from July 6-18th.  Camp information and registration is now available on the Preparatory Division Summer Camp Site!

Week 1,  July 6-11, includes the Early Childhood Program (Ages 2-5) and the Full Day Program (Ages 5-9).  Students have 3 lessons during the week, daily Chorus and Musicianship Classes, Arts and Crafts, and many other fun and educational activities.  For More Information Click HERE!

Week 2, July 13-18:  Full Day Program for students Ages 10-18.  Students have 3 lessons during the week, daily Chorus and Musicianship Classes, Performance Classes, Chamber Music, and more!  For More Information Click HERE!

Upcoming Faculty and Friends Performances: Renana and Shawn at Carnegie this coming Tuesday! Hiroko, Alice

Renana Gutman, Prep Piano Faculty and Shawn Jaeger, Prep Composition/Musicianship

Renana joins accomplished young violinist Alexi Kenney for a recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall including the world premiere performance of a piece by Shawn!

Tuesday, March 31st at 7:30pm:  Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, NY

Click Here for More Information

Other Upcoming Renana Performances:

  • Wednesday, March 25th at 9 pm on WQXR “Young Artists Showcase” with violinist Alexi Kenney
  • Sunday, March 29th at 2 pm at  East Meadow Public Library:  with violinist Alexi Kenney
  • Sunday, April 5th at 3 pm at Marlboro College, VT:  Solo and Piano four-hands with pianist (and former Bard Prep teacher) Ieva Jokubaviciute


Hiroko Sasaki, Prep Piano Faculty

  • May 27 – Solo Recital/Chamber Music with cellist Scott Ballantyne – Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, NYC – more info soon


Alice Yoo, Prep Cello Faculty

  • Friday, March 27,  2pm:  92nd Street Y:  Phoenix Ensemble, Brahms Trio, Op. 114 in A Minor for Piano, Clarinet, and Cello
  • May 16, 2015, La Grua Center, Chamber Series, Stonington, CT:  Chamber concert with David Kaplan, Catherine Gregory



Bake Sale Update

The Bake Sale has been a tremendous success so far this semester.  Thank you to all who have contributed by baking, eating, and helping with set up and clean up.  More than any previous semester this has been a real team effort.  Thank You!

Week 7 - $341

Week 6 – $315

Week 5 – $375

Week 4 – $332

Week 3 - $291

Week 2 - $310 

Week 1 – $252

$2216 and counting for Scholarships!  Thank You!

All proceeds from the Bake Sale support the Scholarship Fund!  Please consider Baking or taking a shift at the Table.


Important Bard Prep Informational Links – Recital Information, Practice Buddies, Tutors, Classics on Hudson, Catskill Jazz Factory

Here is information on Academic tutor BETHANY IDES.


BARD PREP STUDENT RECITAL INFORMATION – Dates and Performer Information for Midterm, Final, and Composition Recitals




BARD PREP FACULTY IN ACTION!  Here are some great links to performances, lessons, and cd’s from our teachers so you can see and hear them in action.



Reminder – Midterm Recitals #3 and #4 this Saturday in Conservatory Performance Space – Spring Break Reminders

March 21 at 3 pm – Midterm Recital #3     Bitó Conservatory Performance Space

March 21 at 4 pm – Midterm Recital #4     Bitó Conservatory Performance Space

All lessons and classes will take place on a regular schedule.

Participating students have received confirmation emails.

Please let us know if you have any questions.  We look forward to hearing the students soon!


Bard Prep Saturdays are off for Spring Break March 28th and April 4th.  We will meet this Saturday, March 21st and our next Prep day will be April 11th.

Bard Prep Tuesday students will meet next Tuesday, March 24th, be off for Spring Break on March 31st, and resume classes and lessons on April 7th.


Hudson Opera House Free Family Concert (featuring Helena and Ryan) – This Sunday March 15th at 3 pm!

Ferdinand and Friends: A Musical Menagerie – Family Concert!  |  Sunday, March 15

Ferdinand and Friends: A Musical Menagerie – Family Concert!
Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 3pm │ Free!

At the Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY – for more information

Join Ferdinand the Bull and his raucous coterie of furry and feathered friends in this enchanting journey through classic tales. Will Peter escape the wolf? Will the goat dance away the snow?  Can the elephants keep up with the carnival procession?

These colorful creatures will be brought to life with music by Saint-Saëns, Honegger, Ridout, Prokofiev, and more. Eugenia Zukerman (flute / narrator), Helena Baillie (violin), and Ryan Kamm (double bass).

Catskill Jazz Factory – Free Latin Jazz Lecture and Performance, this Friday March 13

Latin Jazz Lecture and Performance

Featuring Chris Washburne

Attendance is FREE
Friday, March 13 – 6pm

Join the Catskill Jazz Factory at the Mountain Top Library for the third in a series of free musical lectures, open to all ages! Featuring trombonist and Columbia University Professor Chris Washburne, this upcoming lecture will explore the jazz sounds of the 1930’s and how they blossomed into Latin jazz!

More info at www.23Arts.org!

The Mountain Top Library is located at 6093 Main Street, Tannersville, NY 12485.

Congratulations to Dr. Jaeger!

Bard Prep Composition/Musicianship teacher Shawn Jaeger recently completed his DMA in Composition.  We are very happy for Shawn and very proud to have such an accomplished Composer in our midst.  Please join us in congratulating Dr. Jaeger on this major accomplishment!

We asked Shawn to write a little about his experience.

From Shawn:

In January, I received my Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from Northwestern University, in Chicago, Illinois. I enrolled at Northwestern in September 2007, right after college. It took me about seven years to finish the degree—three years of taking and teaching classes, and a little over four years to complete all the required exams and to write my dissertation. At Northwestern, composers have to write both a big piece of music and an analytical paper about music for their dissertation. My piece was an opera called Payne Hollow (some of you may remember seeing it last spring at Bard!), and my analytical paper was about the rhythmic style of a folksinger named Dillard Chandler. The paper was over 200 pages long—way longer than anything I’d written before! Part of my research involved listening to rare archival recordings from old tape reels held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Very few people have ever heard those recordings, and so that was really special. Now that I’m finished with school forever (I think?), I’m looking forward to spending more time composing and teaching music, and maybe catching up on some of the fun stuff I haven’t been doing for the past seven years, like kayaking and traveling!

Haydn’s Creation this Friday and Saturday – Free Tickets for Bard Prep Families

Joseph Haydn’s The Creation
Leon Botstein, conductor
James Bagwell, chorus master

March 6 and 7 at 8 pm
Preconcert talk at 7 pm by James Bagwell
Sosnoff Theater
Tickets: $25–40

Considered Haydn’s masterpiece, this large oratorio is based on the biblical books of Genesis and Psalms, and John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Consistent with Haydn’s own outlook on life, The Creation celebrates “universal harmony and rejoicing in a flawless world order with no conflicts or adversity of any kind,” writes Peter Laki, visiting associate professor of music. Members of the American Symphony Orchestra, Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, Bard Festival Chorale, Bard Chamber Singers, Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program, and Longy Chorale perform the magnificent work in a semistaged concert.

For FREE tickets email us at bardprep@bard.edu and tell us how many tickets you need!